Pennant Ale '55
Brooklyn Brewery

Pennant Ale '55Pennant Ale '55
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From:
Brooklyn Brewery
 
New York, United States
Style:
English Pale Ale
ABV:
5%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 13.3%
Reviews:
619
Ratings:
893
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 25, 2022
Added:
May 06, 2001
Wants:
  37
Gots:
  171
SCORE
82
Good
Pennant Ale '55Pennant Ale '55
Notes: Honey-colored pale ale with a brisk malt palate and finely balanced hop character.
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Rated: 3.29 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 25, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 22, 2020
 
Rated: 2.89 by Cortes33 from Puerto Rico

Dec 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.98 by Khaack from New York

Oct 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.37 by Budinetz from Pennsylvania

Feb 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.15 by Timtac from New Jersey

Feb 05, 2017
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I was really surprised when I realized that I had not previously reviewed this beer. It seems to strengthen my case for the reduction & eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. The road to Hell is paved with good intentions, like my intending to review all of these beers when I brought them home.

From the bottle: "Pennant Ale is brewed from Scottish Maris Otter malt, which is justly prized for its toasty, biscuity flavor and the round smoothness it imparts. Out house ale yeast brings out an appetizing fruitiness and ferments to a dry finish."

I Pop!ped the cap and gently set it aside. Next up was a gentle pour as I did not want to rouse any lees that may have flocculated out while the bottle awaited its turn. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised two fingers of dense, foamy, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with deep amber highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose had an earthy, biscuity quality, just what I would expect in the style. Mouthfeel was medium to full, big for the style. The taste was more earthy than toasty/biscuity, but not so far from the mark that I would dun them for false advertising. It was definitely malt-driven as I could not discern any hops. Finish was dry, pleasant, easy-drinking. I get why some reviewers were getting down on this - it is a tad on the non-descript side if you are looking for something with Ooomph!, say an American-style beer, but this was nothing more & nothing less than it was supposed to be.
Nov 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by Stephan16 from Connecticut

Aug 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 21, 2016
 
Rated: 2.28 by 54V4G3 from Belgium

May 05, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by Bluecrow from New York

May 05, 2016
 
Rated: 2.58 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Apr 26, 2016
 
Rated: 3.43 by AD17 from New Jersey

Apr 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4.24 by SaranacinTexas from Texas

Mar 11, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Mar 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by yuenglingfan101 from Ohio

Feb 02, 2016
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Rated by kcjones from New York

4.73/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
This is by far my favorite from Brooklyn to this point. Like drinking a biscuit. Malted marvelously.
Jan 15, 2016
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bronze copper brass appearance, mildly pale malt aroma.

This just showcases some pale malts, perfect bland beer for crossover status. Smooth, wishes it was cask ale. Give this to the old guy who talks about how it used to be.
Dec 20, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by KingQuinn from Illinois

Dec 12, 2015
 
Rated: 3.46 by NastyNorseman from New York

Dec 05, 2015
 
Rated: 3.59 by Josholson666 from Minnesota

Dec 02, 2015
 
Rated: 3 by Nrod from Argentina

Aug 26, 2015
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Rated by papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Flashback #142
Aug 18, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by jpuetz from South Dakota

Aug 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by trxxpaxxs from New York

Aug 04, 2015
 
Rated: 2.92 by jkane101 from New Jersey

Jun 20, 2015
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
caramel and malt aroma, crystal clear amber, 2 finger foam, nice ale, excellent balance with the malt and hops, excellent ale, caramel malt flavors balance the hops.
Jun 08, 2015
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Rated by mlockman from Indiana

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Not bad, just not much going on. Kind of a "meh, I could take it or leave it" beer.
Jun 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by MSandahl23 from Indiana

Jun 05, 2015
 
Rated: 2.98 by mpolewan from Ohio

May 31, 2015
 
Rated: 3.14 by Stableatbest from New York

May 20, 2015
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Rated by Marccregan

4.85/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
A phenomenal beer and the best Brooklyn makes. And that is saying something because Brooklyn
Makes great beers!
May 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.71 by Mojo from Alabama

May 03, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by redsoxjim from Massachusetts

Apr 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by Matt141 from Texas

Apr 20, 2015
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Rated by jmw4437 from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Served on tap at NYSB at JFK airport. Nice wheaty copper color with minimal head retention and great lacing.
Apr 11, 2015
 
Rated: 3.21 by ljbonadonna92 from Maryland

Apr 10, 2015
 
Rated: 3.6 by devin305 from District of Columbia

Mar 24, 2015
 
Rated: 3.49 by NateF90 from Connecticut

Mar 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.83 by SLAWLOR70244 from New York

Mar 08, 2015
Pennant Ale '55 from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 1512 ratings